Mr. Mark Carney was born in Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories, a town of 2,500 people founded by furtrading explorers and intrepid adventurers. From here, Mr. Carney blazed a remarkable trail that has taken him to the top of the global financial world.
His journey began following high school in Edmonton, where his family moved when he was young. He ventured from home, going to Harvard University to earn his bachelor's degree in economics in 1988. He went further still, earning his master's degree in economics in 1993 from St. Peter's College, University of Oxford, and a doctorate in economics in 1995 from Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
Mr. Carney went on to have a thirteen-year career with Goldman Sachs in its London, Tokyo, New York and Toronto offices, eventually becoming the bank's managing director of investment banking.
In August of 2003, Mr. Carney was appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada. A little over a year later he left the Bank to become Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Finance. He served under both a Liberal and Conservative government before he was appointed to a seven-year term as the Governor of the Bank of Canada on February 1, 2008. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada, as well as serving as Chairman of the Board of the Financial Stability Board.
When Mr. Carney accepted the governorship at the Bank, the global financial system offered uninviting horizons. But no one, even Mr. Carney, knew how vast, vague and tangled the approaching troubles were. He faced a daunting test almost immediately upon taking the helm: guide Canada through the worst of the financial impacts of a global banking crisis that began in 2007. He succeeded. Time named him one of the top 100 influential people of 2010, and in 2011 Reader's Digest declared him the Most Trusted Canadian. And in recognition of his world-wide reputation, last year Mr. Carney was named Central Bank Governor of the Year. A rare and unique opportunity came on November 26, 2012, when Her Majesty the Queen approved the appointment of Mr. Carney as Governor of the Bank of England, the second oldest central bank in the world. He is the first non-Briton to be appointed to the role since the Bank was established in 1694.
A visionary thinker and trailblazer who possesses tireless ambition and sterling integrity, Mr. Mark Carney is recognized with an Honorary Doctor of Laws for his leadership and impact on the financial world.
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Elder Harry Bone has worked tirelessly and quietly throughout his life to bolster Indigenous rights. He serves as a source of inspiration to the Faculty of Medicine, which shares his goal of improving the lives of Indigenous peoples by respecting their individual and collective rights. He is awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Manitoba for working with respect and humility toward this honourable end.
He is a member of the Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Nation, where he served as a Chief and Director of Education. He also worked as a CEO at the West Region Tribal Council and as a Director of the Manitoba Indian Education Authority. While a graduate student in political studies at the University of Manitoba he was a Student Advisor and Lecturer. Elder Bone was also a Director of
Elder Bone is currently a member of the Elders Council, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and the Treaty Relations Commission. Through the Treaty Relations Commission, he has been active in working with the Manitoba and federal governments, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre on the Treaty Education Initiative. This initiative develops Treaty-education resources for K-12 teachers to help them introduce treaties and traditional laws and knowledge to their students.
Elder Bone's expertise in First Nations governance at the community level is well regarded. He has led delegations that have met with all levels of government and has been instrumental in furthering many projects for the benefit all Manitobans, such as the Oral History Project and the Historical Atlas of First Nations in Manitoba.
Elder Bone and Elder Doris Pratt co-authored Untuwe Pi Kin He – Who We Are: Treaty Elders' Teachings Volume, a book that documents the traditional laws and customs of Indigenous peoples in Manitoba in a way that is accessible to all interested readers; it is not a revision of history but rather a retelling of history from Indigenous historians, giving them an opportunity to reclaim words and inject new power into them. Like Elder Bone, the book aims to inspire people through compassion, reason, humility and dignity.
The University of Manitoba honours Elder Bone for his tireless and trendsetting work that advances Aboriginal education in Canada.
Phyllis Yaffe is awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of her exceptional business acumen and for trailblazing paths for other women to follow into the world of publishing and entertainment. This former librarian has made a lot of noise in commercial entertainment.
Ms. Yaffe was born in Winnipeg and began working as a librarian in the Winnipeg Public Library in 1969. Her love of books led her, after she earned her BA from the University of Manitoba, to receive a Bachelor of Library Science degree from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto. In the 1970s she was a librarian at Seneca College in Toronto, and was later the Executive Director of the Canadian Children's Book Centre.
In 1980, the Association of Canadian Publishers appointed her Executive Director. Five years later she became Vice-President of Marketing for the children's magazine Owl, a position she held until 1993 when she was approached by Alliance; they wanted her to help them expand. She did, and they did. By 1995 Ms. Yaffe was President of Showcase Television and she again helped them expand in 1996 with the successful licensing of History Television.
In 1999, she became President and CEO of Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting and by 2001 she was appointed to the newly created position of Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting. Four years later they appointed her Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Atlantis Communications. She was responsible for overseeing the company's worldwide operations, including the specialty channels, the international television distribution business, and the CSI franchise. She is also credited for bringing such personalities as Mike Holmes, Christine Cushing, and the Trailer Park Boys to Canadian television.
In 1999, Canadian Women in Communications presented her with the Woman of the Year Award. The following year she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Film & Television. In 2006 she was named one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network.
She is Chairperson of Women Against Multiple Sclerosis and she has sat on the World Wildlife Fund Board, the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Science Centre, and on the United Way of Greater Toronto's 2007 Campaign Cabinet. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Cineplex Entertainment and the Lead Director at Torstar Corporation, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Astral Media Inc. and Lionsgate Entertainment.
Today, she receives an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Manitoba, a premier academic institution that celebrates Ms. Yaffe's trendsetting spirit.
A champion of the University of Manitoba's vision and mission, Wayne Anderson has invested himself in the governing of the U of M community to such an extent that in 2008 he received the Peter D. Curry Chancellor's Award in recognition of his service. He is again recognized today with an Honorary Doctor of Laws.
Mr. Anderson was born in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, a suiting degree: after he earned his MBA from York University in 1968 he became actively involved in his family's cattle operation. He continued this farm work as he carved a path into Winnipeg's business community. He has been a self-employed entrepreneur for most of the last 40 years.
In 1973, Mr. Anderson was named President and General Manager of General Window Products of Canada Ltd. In 1981, he became President of Bonar Plastics Western Ltd. He remained there until 1993, when he became President at St. Boniface Pallet Co., a position he still holds today. He was Vice-President of Hillside Farms Manitoba Ltd. from 1963 until 2003, and from 1993 to 2003 he was Chairman of the Manitoba Horse Racing Commission. He also served as a Director on the Board of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association for 18 years, including three years as Chair. Multi-tasking has always been his strength: while a student here he was a hockey player for both Agriculture and the U of M Bisons, he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, and he served on the Agriculture Student Council.
In 1998, Mr. Anderson was elected to the University of Manitoba's Board of Governors as a Representative of the Graduates. He was re-elected in 2001 and 2004. He served as Vice- Chair from September 2000 until June 2002, when he was elected as Chair of the Board of Governors. That same year he was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. He served as Chair of the Board with great integrity for four years and then remained on the Board until May 2007.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, an independent "think tank." He is also, since 2009, the Chair of the St. Boniface Hospital's Board of
Mr. Anderson is an example of the visionary and caring leaders the University of Manitoba has been shaping since 1877. He has enhanced his community, enriching its people and their connections to one another. He has committed his life to preserving and growing these bonds and the University of Manitoba honours him today for defending and promoting the community's good.
Strinivasan Reddy is a fighter. Throughout his 42-year career as an educator working in five countries he fought for social justice and peace by combating racism. He is a rebel and defender honoured today by his alma mater.
Mr. Reddy began teaching in 1956 in South Africa's Natal Province. In 1962 he moved to Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, to teach for two years before he became the Assistant Principal and Chief Examiner at a boarding school in Zambia. He later moved to London, England, to teach for one year before arriving in The Pas, Manitoba, where he was a teacher and administrator with Kelsey School Division as well as coordinator of Brandon University's Northern Teacher Education Program. In 1975, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Education Administration. After earning his master's in 1979 he became a consultant for English as a Second Language with Manitoba Education, working mainly in northern Aboriginal communities. He then went on to work in Frontier School Division where, in 1985, he became the first ever Chief Superintendent of that Division. In 1992, he taught for Brandon University and in 1993 he took the post of Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents.
Mr. Reddy continues to work with community organizations to improve education and combat child poverty. Until the program ended last year, he was Manitoba Coordinator for Project Love, which annually sent upwards of 15,000 kits of basic school supplies to students in the most poverty-stricken countries in Africa. He is Chair of the South Africa Education Support Committee, which conducts annual fundraising activities in support of AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal. He is also a co-founder of the Summer Learning Enrichment Program for Winnipeg's inner-city children. This free program operates five days a week for five weeks during the summer months, providing food, cultural enrichment and education
Mr. Reddy is Past Chairman of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, whom he still volunteers for, and from 2004 until 2007 he served on the University of Manitoba's Board of Governors.
His life's work has earned him awards from numerous education organizations including the Canadian Council for Multicultural and Intercultural Education, and in 2000, he was named a Member of the Order of Manitoba.
Mr. Reddy is a champion of social justice, racial understanding, literacy, and poverty reduction. And he has not stopped working. The University of Manitoba is proud to award its distinguished alumnus, Mr. Strinivasan Reddy, with an Honorary Doctor of Laws.
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Perhaps it was preordained that Archbishop V. James Weisgerber would reach beyond the borders of the Saskatchewan village he was born in to make an impact on Canadian society. His compassion and courage to rebel against the status quo allowed him to go forth from Vibank, Saskatchewan, to promote social justice and defend marginalized peoples.
He was ordained as priest 50 years ago and in that time he has served numerous prairie communities and parishes, even serving as Dean of Arts at Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Sask. In Regina he worked in the Archbishop's Office as director of the pastoral and social justice offices and served as Rector of Holy Rosary Cathedral and Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish. At Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Fort Qu'Appelle he led the pastoral ministry in the neighboring First Nations' reserves. In 1990 he was elected General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), a position he held until his ordination as the Bishop of Saskatoon. He was appointed the fifth Bishop of Saskatoon by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on March 7, 1996, and named the sixth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg by Pope John Paul II on June 7, 2000. One of his first actions as Archbishop of Winnipeg was to establish Micah House on Main Street, a centre for the promotion of social justice.
Archbishop Weisgerber was instrumental in bridging the divide between the Catholic Church in Canada and Canada's Aboriginal Peoples, a divide which developed because of the abuse of Aboriginal peoples in residential schools established by the Government of Canada and operated by the Roman Catholic Church. Archbishop Weisgerber worked tirelessly to bring about the meeting in Rome in April 2009, when His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI met with leaders of Canada's Aboriginal peoples at the Vatican to express his sorrow at the anguish caused by the conduct of some members of the Church.
Archbishop Weisgerber did not allow the reconciliation process to stop here. Since 2009, he has been a driving force in setting up the Moving Forward Together campaign to encourage fundamental and lasting change to Aboriginal communities in Canada by supporting healing and educational programs. He currently co-chairs the campaign with Dr. Phil Fontaine. In recognition of his work to amplify First Nations voices, Archbishop Weisgerber was symbolically adopted by several First Nations Elders at a ceremony in 2012 that made him a brother to the First Nations community.
Archbishop Weisgerber was awarded the Notre Dame Medal of Honor in 1994 and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2005. Today he is awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Manitoba for his visionary commitment to social change and justice.
Julie Payette is an explorer who once traveled six million kilometers in just shy of ten days. She did this as a mission specialist aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in 1999. Her mission was to perform the first manual docking with the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver supplies. She was the first Canadian to participate in an ISS assembly mission and to board ISS. She is awarded an Honoray Doctor of Science in recognition of her courage to explore new boundaries, for challenging herself, and for trailblazing deeper paths for other women of science to follow.
Born in Montreal, Julie Payette joined the NASA astronaut corps in 1996 and flew two space missions aboard space shuttles Discovery and Endeavour. On Endeavour, in 2009, she again flew to the ISS and operated Canadarm, a robotic arm she guided through delicate maneuvers needed to complete installation of a new laboratory attached to ISS. Ms. Payette has logged over 611 hours in space and from 2000 until 2007 she was Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency.
Ms. Payette is Knight of the National Order of Quebec and in 2011 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. In January 2011, Ms. Payette accepted a fellowship in public policy at the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
She is a Former Governor-in-Council for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and a Member of l'Ordre des lngenieurs du Quebec and the International Academy of Astronautics. In 1999, she received the NASA Space Flight Medal for her service and achievements; ten years later, she received the award again. In 2001 she was named Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Pleiade de la francophonie, and in 2010 she was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame. She also received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers gave her their highest honour – Engineers Canada Gold Medal.
Ms. Payette holds a commercial pilot license and obtained her military pilot captaincy. She is a certified deep-sea diver who is fluent in French and English, and can converse in Spanish, Italian, Russian and German. She plays the piano and has sung with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Piacere Vocale in Basel, Switzerland, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto. Her achievements listed in this last paragraph alone would allow others to declare her life one lived well and full. But explorers spill over the average life's brim; Ms. Payette has lived beyond Earth's horizons and continually expands her own. She goes forth, cultivating new talents and enriching old ones, all to the betterment of global society. Ms. Payette is an adventurer and the University of Manitoba is proud to honour her today.
Professor Emeritus Henry Engbrecht is celebrated today for his musical exploration and innovation. A pioneer, he served as the university's first Director of Choral Studies from 1978 until 2006. For the sixteen years prior to this appointment he taught music and directed choirs in various schools and colleges in Southern Manitoba.
Recognized as a leading music educator, choral conductor, clinician and adjudicator, he has made significant contributions to the development of music education and choral music throughout Manitoba and across Canada over the past 50 years. He helped establish the Manitoba Choral Association, the Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba, and the Manitoba Summer Academy in Advanced Choral Conducting. He has conducted the University of Manitoba Singers, the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, the Manitoba Opera Chorus, and Canzona, his own professional chamber choir. He also created CAN-AM Choir – the Canadian-American University Choir – in collaboration with former WSO Conductor Bramwell Tovey. This international choir offered students an extraordinary way to experience masterworks.
Professor Engbrecht was twice awarded the Campbell Outreach Award in recognition of his achievements in promoting the university through concerts and tours of the University Singers across Western Canada, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Europe.
In 2000, he received the Prix Manitoba Award from the Government of Manitoba for his then 40 years of service to choral music development across Manitoba and Canada. This admirable record of service also inspired the Manitoba Choral Association to award him with an Honorary Life Membership. In 2006, he was thrice honoured: the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presented him with the Manitoba Choral Association's Award for Distinguished Service, the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors presented him with the Distinguished Service Award, and his students nominated him for the UMSU Professor of the Year Award.
He is so well loved by his friends, colleagues, and former students that they established an endowment fund in his name to recruit top graduate students to the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music. The award celebrates Professor Engbrecht's dedication to choral music at the university and throughout Manitoba.
Professor Engbrecht retired from the university in 2006 after 28 years as Director of Choral Studies, but he continued to teach courses for two more years. He is a donor, a teacher, an artist and a source of inspiration. He forever changed the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music for the better, and he continues to enrich Manitoba with his artistic gift. The University of Manitoba recognizes this creator and pioneer with an Honorary Doctor of Laws.
It's been said that all poetry is experimental, but J. Roger Léveillé made poetry pioneering too. He created and established Franco-Manitoban literature as a form, as something worthy of study in universities throughout the world. Perhaps no other person has exported Franco-Manitoba culture to such a degree. His creative, inspiring and reverberating voice will forever enrich the cultural
Born into an artistic family in Winnipeg, he developed a passion for literature at a young age. He pursued classical studies at Collège de Saint-Boniface where he was actively involved in various cultural activities, particularly as director of the film society and as writer and later editor of the student newspaper, Frontières. In 1965, he took part in the first exhibition of Franco-Manitoban artists at the St. Boniface Public Library. After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba he moved to Montreal where he pursued graduate studies for one semester. He
In 1984, he established the collection Rouge at Les Éditions du Blé with the aim of promoting local young poets. He also started preparation work for the Anthologie de la poésie francomanitobaine, which was published in 1990. In 1994, he received the Prix littéraire du Manitoba français for his work Causer l'amour and, in 1997, the Prix du Consulat général de France à Toronto for his entire body of work. That same year, he developed the Foyer des Écrivains, the francophone component of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, of which he was a board member for many years. In 1999, he was invited by the Government of Canada to the Salon du livre de Paris and was later inducted into the Temple de la renommée de la culture du Manitoba français.
In 2003, he recieved the Prix Champlain as well as the Prix Rue-Deschambault for his novel Le soleil du lac qui se couche. He received the Manitoba Writing and Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and most recently, he was named recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council's 2012 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction.
J. Roger Léveillé has been writing for over 40 years, publishing nearly 30 works. The University of Manitoba and Université de Saint-Boniface pay tribute to him today by conferring on him an Honorary Doctor of Letters in recognition of his remarkable contribution to the promotion of literature and the arts both nationally and internationally.
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